Bicycle thread

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Sure of that are ya?

    I'm gonna disagree, but am smart enough to know that your mind's made up and nothing I'm gonna say is gonna change it.

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  2. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Cross racers! My daily use wheels on my cross bike are still tubular!

    (I just sold off my last pair of tubular road wheels. Didn't ride em enough to see carting them around the country for X years. I STILL miss the feel of my Zipp 404s at speed!)

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  3. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    BAH! and here I was thinkin you was a fart smeller!

    Trek = Blech! :puke2

    I've had a series of Specialized bikes over the years. They work for me. Also had a bunch of steel bikes, and a few other AL bikes. I still want to try out a CF ride that ain't a 5200 with an aftermarket fork. Rode a buddy's and thought it rode like a truck.

    IF you know yer size, a Tommasso (ebay special) isn't a bad frame. Made in Taiwan with everybody else's stuff...

    If y'all have specific questions, feel free to PM me. I was in the bike business for ~7-8 years. Wrench, sales, management.

    M
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  4. Baldy

    Baldy Founder of ADV Administrator

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    +1 My friends have them and love 'em. Day in, day out fitness where the bike doesn't rock your world too much.

    I ride a Trek Madone and I like it. If I had to do it again I'd prolly buy an Orbea.
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  5. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Hey! that reminds me...

    You completely recovered from that little off you had a while back?

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  6. ThomD

    ThomD Is this thing on?

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    If you are going to get a bike, at least get a nice one. Rivendell, with all the farkles.

    [​IMG]
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  7. Caffeind

    Caffeind Team Piggly Wiggly

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    *GASP*

    Is that STEEL?

    *faints dead away*
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  8. Zodiac

    Zodiac loosely portrayed

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    He definitely showed some poor sportsmanship with that but you can't take this away from him =

    LeMond rode his first Tour de France in 1984 and finished third. In the 1985 Tour the managers of his La Vie Claire team ordered the 24-year-old LeMond to ride in support of his team captain Bernard Hinault who was leading the race and was suffering from injuries sustained in a crash caused by other riders, instead of riding to win the race. LeMond finished second, 1:42 behind Hinault, who was able to claim his fifth Tour victory. LeMond later asserted in an interview that the team management and his coach Paul Koechli had lied to him during a crucial stage, telling him that Hinault was close behind him when in fact Hinault lagged LeMond by over three minutes.

    A year later in 1986, Hinault and LeMond were co-leaders of the La Vie Claire team. By stage 12, Hinault had built up a five-minute lead over LeMond, but he cracked in the mountains the next day and soon LeMond was in the lead. Although the two riders crested the Alpe d'Huez together in a show of unity, it was clear that Hinault had been riding aggressively against his teammate. LeMond ultimately took the yellow jersey that year but felt betrayed by Hinault, who had publicly promised to help him win in 1986 in gratitude for LeMond's sacrifice in 1985.

    Disaster struck LeMond while turkey hunting in California, April 20, 1987, when his brother-in-law accidentally discharged his shotgun, striking LeMond in the chest just over two months before the 1987 Tour de France was to begin. LeMond missed the following two Tours while recovering, also undergoing surgery for appendicitis and for tendonitis in his leg.

    At the 1989 Tour de France, with 37 shotgun pellets remaining in his body (including some in the lining of his heart), LeMond was hoping only to finish in the top 20. Heading into the final stage, however, an individual time trial finishing in Paris, LeMond was in second place overall. He was 50 seconds behind Laurent Fignon, who had won the Tour in 1983 and 1984. LeMond rode the time trial using then-novel aero bars, which gave him a significant aerodynamic advantage, to beat Fignon by 58 seconds to claim his second yellow jersey with a final victory margin of 8 seconds – the closest in the Tour's history. As LeMond danced in victory on the Champs-Élysées, Fignon sat and wept. Although he did not say so until several days later, Fignon had been suffering from saddle sores for several days and had barely been able to finish the previous day's stage. LeMond's comeback was confirmed by winning his second World Cycling Championship road race several weeks later. LeMond was named Sports Illustrated magazine's 1989 "Sportsman of the Year", the first cyclist ever to receive the honor.
    LeMond won the Tour for the third time in 1990. That year he became one of the few cyclists to win the Tour without winning any of the individual stages.

    In 1992, LeMond became the first American to win the Tour DuPont, a short-lived American answer to the Tour de France that took place from 1991 to 1996. Lemond won the prologue in record time and it was his first American win since the mid-1980s. The 1992 Tour DuPont victory was Greg LeMond's last major win of his career. He developed mitochondrial myopathy, possibly resulting from his 1987 wounding, and retired from professional cycling in December 1994.



    He came very close to winning 5 Tours, which for an American in those times in Europe- was a great feat.
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  9. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    anyone watch the stage today?

    Almost another McEwan win!

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  10. skwidd

    skwidd where does this lead?

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    guess i better just toss the campy eurus g3 set on my bike,they will just fall apart anyway right?:rofl
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  11. skwidd

    skwidd where does this lead?

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    my serotta was made here
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  12. patch29

    patch29 Surly Rider

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    I've got the farkle, but not the bling. I just could not spend for the Rivendell. Surly, the KLR of bicycles (well a littler nicer than that). :augie :lol3

    It has worked very well for me so far.

    [​IMG]

    more photos of it here for those that are interested.
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  13. skwidd

    skwidd where does this lead?

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    fooker!

    i had to leave for work with 20 or so miles to go.
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  14. yater

    yater Long timer

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    I have an '05 bianchi virata with full ultegra. It's dedacciai steel with carbon rear triangle and carbon fork (of course). I ride 200+ miles/week and it's an absolute joy on the Texas chip seal around here. For your use, I think you would be MUCH better with a steel bike over aluminum. My bike weighs 18.25 lbs....that's less than the allez elite so many guys around here race. If you're serious about riding, spare no expense. I can't think of a better way to spend money (including motorcycles). Also check out serrota...custom steel frames made in NY.
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  15. Flaco

    Flaco Zombie Holocaust

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    The verdict is in...

    Get a mountain bike with a stiff rear hub, aero bars and sew ups made in taiwan by Lemond.

    You'll be psyched.

    Flaco
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  16. wardo

    wardo Been here awhile Supporter

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    There are lots of options out there, everybody has their favorite. I ride a single speed 'cross bike for virtually all my solo road rides. Here is a link to a very cool bike shop in Brooklyn that sells great affordable bikes of all flavors: http://www.nycbikes.com/ . Give them a call and see what they suggest, good luck.

    Regards,
    Wardo
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  17. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Old skool kewl. I like my pair!

    (or a set of Paul's Neo-Retros and Touring cantis :thumb)

    Please, please tell my that you didn't :bert Grant Peterson's kool aide!

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  18. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I was late (again!) watching the end.:augie

    :flip

    :lol2

    I cannot STAND the evening broadcasts :puke2, so I hafta watch in the AM. Phil and Paul beat Al and Bob every day and twice on Sunday!

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  19. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    There's a bunch of cycling manufacturers in the NYC area. I do believe IRO is around there somewhere too.

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  20. RobZim

    RobZim No, I'm not me.

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    Amen brother.... Same here.
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